I saw this post on the facebook wall of Tunde Alabi-Hundeyi, whom I call Uncle T, a former senior colleague from my days at Ogun State Television (OGTV) Abeokuta, Nigeria – and I knew immidiately it had to appear on my Guest Bloggers’ segment.
It is Uncle T, saying out loud what many of us are thinking about our young stars and celebrities today, whose main preoccupation seems to be the acquisition of – or the opportunity to have ridden in a private jet, the champagne lifestyle with as much foreign cash and women as possible.
While many of the images we see might be simple PR stunts and photo ops, these stars need to remember that many youngsters look up to them as some kind of role model and unfortunately, see their lifestyles as one to emulate.
It also gives the wrong imppresdion to up and coming artistes who might wrongly assume that the jet and champagne lifestyle is the reward of every artiste. The truth couldn’t be any further from this because not every artiste is going to have the success of Davido or Wizkid – who are still in the hey days of their carreer.
The next 20 years will determine if they are true evergreens.
Read Tunde’s article:
Have you noticed ?
All these young music stars now competing on who can best pose in a private jet with a glass of wine in hand and legs thrown out like they own the world.
Non and I mean non of you has earned in your entire career enough to buy 1/4 of the cost of the engine of a private jet.
What you should concentrate on now is how to invest. Eg in top of the line studios, concert arenas and hospitality, real estate etc
You should also pay attention to charity and giving back to society.
How many times you seen someone like FEMI KUTI pose in a private jet. His investment in Shrine is yielding global dividend now.
Same with his father Fela. Obey, Decross etc.
The reality of celebrity life is sometimes the lights in the hall dim earlier than you think or your fingers can no longer strum the guitar as it used to (courtesy Ed Sheeran)
Stardom just like sports celebrity doesn’t last forever.
Sunny Ade has the longest career in music at the top in Nigeria today but can you remember the thousands that have been forgotten. Yet they too had all those international record deals and concerts.
The images you should also use to inspire your generation should be different .
What you give back to the society also has a spiritual payday.
A word is enough for the …..
Tunde Alabi-Hundeyin is a veteran broadcaster, producer and the MD/CEO of Dudu Productions
Brit-Nigerian model Harry Uzoka was stabbed to death by a less successful rival in a row over a girl which intensified on Instagram, a court has heard.
Therenowned male model, 25, died on the pavement outside his home in Shepherd’s Bush, west London, after he was knifed in the heart.
The Old Bailey was told that he called George Koh, 24, “a fake” on Instagram and arranged a fight after finding out he claimed to have had sex with Mr Uzoka’s model girlfriend, Ruby Campbell.
Their relationship deteriorated after a French model, who had previously been in contact with both men on Instagram, arrived in London in late December last year, the jury was told.
The court was told that to her surprise she learnt that Mr Koh “had something of an obsession” with Mr Uzoka, with whom he apparently no longer spoke to because he had sex with his girlfriend.
“Koh then added that Uzoka was a bad man and a liar. And so it seemed that admiration for another model and his success had turned to contempt,” the prosecutor said.
The jury was told a “confrontation” was arranged in Ollgar Road in Shepherd’s Bush following a series of phone calls and messages on WhatsApp and Instagram after Annecetta Lafon told Mr Uzoka of Mr Koh’s claims.
Prosecutor Richard Horwell QC said Mr Koh, along with Merse Dikanda and Jonathan Okigbo, both 24, were in possession of at least three knives, including a machete on January 11.
Mr Uzoka and his flatmate, Adrian Harper, were armed with dumbbell bars, but they fled when they were confronted with knives.
Mr Harper got away, but Mr Uzoka collapsed on the pavement outside his home after being stabbed in the heart.
“It is not difficult to work out which side won. Uzoka and Harper were outnumbered and bars stand little chance against knives,” he said.
I was reading the credits of Anti Social, a movie I saw on Netflix which starred the artist Skepta and I saw to my shock and amazement that he had a Yoruba name Joseph Junior Adenuga.
How did I miss this?
Again, a fact that for some reason, I didn’t know or had somehow never come across.
And for someone who is always fishing out Brits of Nigerian descent actively involved in mainstream British activities, this came as a low blow to me. Nevertheless, I decided to google the artist to find out more about him – only to find out that he has a brother Jamie or JME,who is also a recording artist and not only that, the brothers have a sister Julie who is a top DJ and radio presenter!
This juicy information filled me with excitement as it is not often that you find multiple children of immigrants who are celebs in the entertainment industry. The only other set of Nigerian-Brit celebs are Burna Boy Damini Ogulu and his sister Nisi who is also a recording artist but the Adenuga siblings have 1 sibling over the Ogulus.
Joseph Junior Adenuga (Skepta)
Skepta was born Joseph Junior Adenuga on September 19, 1982 in Tottenham, North London, United Kingdom to immigrant parents from Ijebu Ode, Nigeria. The eldest of four siblings, the family grew up on Meridian Walk Estate, a council estate in Tottenham, North London.
Skepta was originally a DJ from Tottenham-based grime crew Meridian Crew. Early in his career, Skepta released a number of instrumentals, the most notable being “DTI (Pirate Station Anthem)” and “Private Caller”, the latter of which was released as a single and vocaled by various other members of Meridian Crew.
Skepta began emceeing shortly before Meridian Crew disbanded in 2005, after which Skepta, alongside his brother Jme, joined Roll Deep for a short period of time before becoming founding members of Boy Better Know in 2006. Skepta publicly released his debut album Greatest Hits on 17 September 2007, on his label Boy Better Know.
His first single “Rolex Sweep” in September 2008 reached number 89 on the UK Singles Chart followed by the album Microphone Champion on 1 June 2009.
He has since released four albums and several singles that have kept him on top of the UK rap and Grime music scene.
In March 2014, Skepta provided a verse for the remix of “German Whip” by Meridian Dan, and in the same month, he released his new single, “That’s Not Me”, featuring his brother Jme, which peaked at number 21 on the UK charts. The single’s music video won the award for Best Video at the 2014 MOBO Awards. Upon receiving the award, Skepta stated that the video cost him £80. In late 2014, Skepta released another single titled “It Ain’t Safe” featuring A$AP Bari. This was followed in early 2015 with “Shutdown”, and the remix of “Ojuelegba” by Wizkid, featuring Drake. Skepta and others joined Kanye West at a surprise show in London, performing numerous songs together during a shared set.0 He was also named one of GQ‘s 50 best dressed British men in 2015.
Skepta’s made his acting debut in 2015 film Anti-Social.
On 6 May 2016. Konnichiwa was released to critical acclaim and became Grime’s highest charting album, peaking at number 2 in the UK music charts. The release of Konnichiwa was celebrated with a launch party on 5 May 2016 held in Tokyo and live streamed on Boiler Room, featuring a live performance of the entire album by Skepta.
Skepta began his “Banned From America” two-part, 14-show tour on April 16, 2017 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which covered cities throughout the United States and Europe. The tour was named as such in reference to Skepta’s forced cancellation of his 2016 “No Fear” American tour in support of Konnichiwa, when his application for a visa to enter the United States was denied.
Skepta who is currently dating supermodel and fashion icon Naomi Campbell, was honoured with the chieftaincy title of Amuludun of Ojo Ade in April 2018.
Jamie, born 4 May 1985, better known by his stage name Jme, is also a grime MC. He co-founded the crew and label Boy Better Know. Jamie was previously part of the grime crew Meridian along with his older brother, Skepta.
He attended St. Paul’s School and then Winchmore School in Winchmore Hill, Enfield along with his elder brother Skepta. Adenuga subsequently graduated from the University of Greenwich receiving first class honours in 3D Digital Design.
He started out producing by making mobile phone ringtones. Jamie also co-owns his own T-shirt chain, bearing the labels of himself, his record label Boy Better Know, and his dormant nightclub Straight Outta Bethnal. He released his debut album Famous? and an album through a major label with the whole of Boy Better Know.
In October 2008, he became one of a small number of unsigned artists to headline at the London Astoria. As his fanbase has grown, Jme has travelled throughout Europe and North America with Tim Westwood to perform.
She made her debut in the music industry in 2010, when she joined London community radio station Rinse FM and then went on to present the drive time show.
In 2014, she created and hosted a music television show on Channel AKA and Daily Motion called Play It, which serves as a platform for UK rap and grime artists as well as singers and poets. Adenuga recently started a YouTube interview series, featuring artists such UK grime and rap artist Stormzy. As well as this, she hosted Vice Magazine’s online offshoot, Noisey’s, Grime Karaoke.
As part of the 2015 Apple WWDC keynote, Adenuga was introduced as the London headline host of Beats 1 radio. Beats 1 is the global radio service from Apple Music.
To add to her presenting accolades, Adenuga wrote and presented Skepta’s ‘Greatness Only’ documentary for Noisey. Her talents have been noted and recognised with mentions in Forbes 30 under 30, NME’s 500 Most Influential People in Britain and in Debrett’s 500 List: Music, with a feature in Fader quoting Apple dubbing Adenuga as one of London’s most vital tastemakers
Kylie Jenner may be the youngest sibling of the Kardashian/Jenner clan, but she is also the family member bringing in the most cash.
Jenner, who’s onthe cover of Forbes’ August 2018 “America’s Women Billionaires” issue, is worth roughly $900 million, according to the magazine.
According to Forbes’ calculations, that makes her not only the Jenner or Kardashianwith the highest net worth, but the 27th-richest self-made woman in the United States. For comparison, Forbes estimates that Jenner’s older sister Kim Kardashian West is worth roughly $350 million.
The 20-year-old’s net worth has skyrocketed thanks to the success of Kylie Cosmetics. Forbes conservatively values the company at $800 million, with an estimated $330 million in sales last year. Jenner is both the face of the company and the sole owner.
Forbes’ Natalie Robehmed detailedhow Kylie Cosmetics has found successby harnessing Jenner’s immense social-media following and slashing costs by outsourcing labor. There are only five full-time employees, with Jenner’s mother, Kris Jenner, handling finances and public relations in exchange for a 10% management cut, the report says.
Kylie Cosmetics is dealing with slowing growth – Forbes reports that revenue grew just 7% last year, with lip-kit revenue dropping an estimated 35%.
However, the magazine says it would take more than a slow year of sales to stop Jenner from reaching billionaire status and making history.
“Another year of growth will make her the youngest self-made billionaire ever, male or female, trumping Mark Zuckerberg, who became a billionaire at age 23,” Robehmed reported.
Oscar Winner George Clooney was involved in a car accident on the Italian island of Sardina that involved a trip to the hospital, according to local news outlets.
The 57-year-old star was rushed to hospital on Tuesday after coming off his scooter on the state road to Costa Corallina, in the province of Olbia, La Nuovareports.
Police told NBC’s Claudio Lavanga that the accident occurred around 8:15 a.m. when a driver of a car allegedly did not “respect the right of way,” cutting across the star’s path and hitting him.
The star fell and the driver of the car rendered assistance, calling an ambulance, Lavanga adds.
The father of two was taken to the emergency room of John Paul II hospital after complaining of “a slight trauma to the pelvis and bruises to one leg and an arm,” according to La Nuova. He also reportedly underwent an MRI scan.
His condition is not serious and he has since been discharged, leaving through a side exit of the hospital, according to the Associated Press.
The most anticipated concert to celebrate the Afrojuju megastar and creator Sir Shina Peters, held last Sunday at the Greenwich IndigO2.
The capacity filling spectacle was attended by Nigerians and other Africans from all walks of the United Kingdom and none was left disappointed. It was four hours filled with pure musical delight with SSP dishing out and having his fans singing gleefully along to old floor-filler tunes and bangers from his Shinamania and ACE albums.
The star, who was this blogger’s first African star crush in the late 80s, looked quite HOT for a 60 year old, and did not disappoint as he delighted the highly appreciative crowd with his stylish outfits and electrifying boyish dance moves for which he was well known.
However, the great highlight of the evening for me, was when SSP laid fully prostrate on the floor to show his highly emotional appreciation for the massive turn out of fans of diverse ages and walks including UK events, entertainment and Nollywood industries; community leaders, students, entrepreneurs and even office workers who didn’t mind staying out late despite the fact that they had work the following morning.
The concert organised by DJA Media in collaboration with Cokobar was to celebrate the artiste’s 60th birthday and his 50 years as a performing artist.
The evening started with an hour long down-memory-lane video that had the star narrating the history of his own journey from being an 8 year old organist and choir director in his local C&S church to his meeting with Chief Ebenezer Obey after being kicked out of his home following his declaration to his parents that he no longer wanted to continue with his academic education, his journey with General Prince Adekunle and his partnership with Segun Adewale.
He also told of how a meeting with Fela set him on a path in discovering his own genre of music – AfroJuju. According to SSP, Fela advised him to make the music that best suits his own voice and one that not just Yorubas – but every Nigerian can listen to.
UK based Juju music star Feyisara skillfully and beautifully opened the concert with songs from his new album and got the crown well and truly warmed up for the main star of the show.
And then came Shina Peters on stage.
It’s been a very long time since I danced so hard and so obliviously in public
It was a great delightful way to end a wonderful weekend and a 4-hour very well spent.
Richard Gere says he is ‘the happiest man in the universe’ after getting married to girlfriend Alejandra Silva in an Indian-inspired wedding.
Silva, 35 and Gere, 68, tied the knot in a ceremony that took place on the actor’s ranch outside New York City. Of her big day Alejandra told Hello!: ‘I feel like I’m in a true fairytale. ‘Without a doubt, I feel like the luckiest woman in the world.’
The couple have been dating since 2014 and met when Richard came to stay at the hotel owned by Alejandra’s family.
Richard and Alejandra had a ‘fairytale’ wedding on Gere’s ranch (Picture: PA) Their romantic day was Indian-inspired, with the couple making quite an entrance to their ceremony in a tuk-tuk.
They imported tents from Jaipur and decorated their flowers with Tibetan flags.
The Pretty Woman star told Hello!: ‘I’m the happiest man in the universe. How could I not be? I’m married to a beautiful women who is smart, sensitive, committed to helping people, who’s fun, patient, who knows how to forgive, who’s a great cook, and who makes the best salads in the world. ‘Alejandra meditates, she’s a vegetarian, a great mother, has the touch of an angel…and she’s also Spanish: the land of kings and queens, of Cervantes and Buñuel… You can’t get any better than that.’
Richard and Alejandra have been dating for three years (Picture: Getty)
Richard sparked rumours he had got down on one knee last December, after Alejandra was spotted out with a huge diamond ring on her engagement finger. However, the Spaniard recently played down reports of a wedding last year, explaining she had only recently gotten a divorce. ‘I am recently divorced. As far as a legal wedding, no, but maybe we’ll have a celebration,’ she explained at a red carpet event.
‘You know, the perfect couple is made of two people who can be what the other needs. I’m living the type of life you see in the movies, truly.’ It’ll be the third time Richard has walked down the aisle, following a four-year marriage to Cindy Crawford from 1991-1995.
He also enjoyed a 14-year marriage with model Carey Lowell, which formally ended in 2016. Alejandra was previously married to Govind Friedland, with whom she shares a son.